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Report: Mauricio Isla close to loan move to Queens Park Rangers

Clive Rose

It looks as though one Chilean who wore black and white last season will be leaving Turin this summer. The good thing is, ti's not the one with the reportedly huge price tag. Yeah, that other one.

As if Patrice Evra being issued the same number Mauricio Isla has worn the past two seasons wasn't enough of a hint that the Chilean wasn't part of Juventus' plans coming in, the player who is being tipped to be Stephan Lichtsteiner's deputy is basically a medical away from becoming a Juventus player.

With Romulo the closest to being "OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL" as he can get, Juventus are now reportedly working on a way to part ways with the person he will essentially be replacing. Isla, who had his contract bought in full by Juventus in late June, is the subject of speculation that he could be heading to the English Premier League in the not-so-distant future. And specifically, a future with Queens Park Rangers.

More from Gianluca Di Marzio:

With Romulo on his way in, the bianconeri are set to loan Mauricio Isla to QPR, the negotiation is in the advanced stages. The last details of the loan deal could be taken care of by tomorrow, QPR has defeated Marseille in the race for Isla. Bielsa, the coach of the French club, holds Isla in high regard.

Loan move? Meh.

But it clearly hasn't worked for Isla in Turin. Beppe Marotta took the gamble of acquiring a  good player who was coming off a serious knee injury, and Isla has failed to live up to the form he had when he was with Udinese. Sure, his playing time has been inconsistent, but even when given the chance to play a small number of games in a row for whatever reason, it's not like he's blown anybody away and changed a lot of opinions.

Isla may be able to recover that Udinese form which caused people to consider him one of the best wingbacks in Italy at some point in time. But if that does ever happen, it looks as though it won't be in a Juventus jersey.